Draft Thread Part 2: Bark to the Future
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05-31-2013, 10:15 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Smashville, TN
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Let's be fair. A 25-27 year old consistent 30 goal scorer is not an average forward. It's a rarity in this league.
Of course, goal scoring is but one of many attributes that is essential in a forward this team needs. Yes, we need someone who can provide that, but we do not need a one-dimensional player. For instance, having a one-dimensional 30 goal scoring winger is not what we need, and it would do us little good to simply scoff at the ability to draft a potential top line center in an effort to gain that. While it is certainly enticing to put together a package centered around our #4 pick to bring a young, 30 goal scoring forward aboard, it obviously brings up the question, "why does a team give that up for our pick plus whatever it is we package along with it?" After all, what do we offer another team to sweeten the deal that does not create another hole in our roster? SK? Blum? Ellis? I don't think so.
Our needs are simple, in my opinion. We need a top line center, which is nothing new, and we need a second pairing defenseman. One of those things is attainable, while not necessarily easily attainable, through free agency or trade. The other is not.
I agree with what you are saying but if we are going to have a chance of getting an offensive superstar it's going to be in the draft. I would rather take my chances on filling the center position void in the draft since we have a shot at Barkov. I think trading away the pick to possibly fill the void with someone another team is willing to trade could be a disaster.
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